LYNN — Mayor Thomas M. McGee will attend the 2018 Mayors’ Institute on City Design (MICD) Sept. 5-7 in Anchorage, Alaska, where he will present and receive expert feedback and analysis on how to best connect the neighborhoods and businesses to the waterfront.
“We are proactively seeking out resources available to help address planning and design issues throughout the city,” McGee said in a statement.
“This is a unique opportunity that will help us address the concerns residents, business owners and patrons have on connecting the downtown and adjacent neighborhoods to the developments happening on the waterfront, as well as the challenges the Lynnway poses as an access point. I look forward to coming back with a plan to move forward.”
Planning initiatives currently underway in Lynn include the revised Waterfront Master Plan, the Waterfront Open Space Master Plan, the Downtown Action Strategy and a Bike/Pedestrian Network Plan.
According to the mayor’s office, a common theme in planning efforts is how to overcome the barrier the Lynnway presents to improving connectivity to the residential neighborhoods and the waterfront. The purpose of this case study will be to complement those initiatives, and find the best path forward in addressing the connectivity issues.
the MICD is a leadership initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the United States Conference of Mayors. Since 1986, MICD has helped transform communities through design by preparing more than 1,100 mayors to be the chief urban designers of their cities.
Attendance is limited to eight mayors, eight design and development professionals, and MICD partners.
The mayors will be offered advice from experts in areas such as architecture, city planning, real estate development and transportation planning on how they can approach the design and development challenges facing each of their cities.
MICD holds five sessions annually around the country and covers all expenses related to the mayors’ participation.